Community Spotlight – Douglaston
Douglaston is truly a unique area located in the northeastern section of Queens. It comprises six neighborhoods: Douglas Bay, Douglas Manor, and Douglaston Hill (which are all located north of Northern Boulevard); Douglaston Park (between Northern Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway), Winchester Estates and Douglaston (both of which are south of the Expressway). This is not what is so unique about the area, though. It is the fact that in the northernmost neighborhoods, you simply do not feel like you are in Queens. The homes and topography are as beautiful as they are rich in history.
For example, Douglas Manor, is one of those sought-after neighborhoods and with good reason. The lovely community was founded in 1906 and today has about 550 single family homes. The area was designed as a railroad or “garden” suburb with architecture from the early 20th century. Home styles include Queen Anne, Colonial, Tudor and Mediterranean Revival. At the time the neighborhood was planned, the idea was that there would be cooperative ownership of the mile-long waterfront. This idea represents the aspirations of the growing middle and upper class of that time. Douglas Manor also represents the next historic wave of New York City development after the brownstone neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The Manor, to this day, shows the three eras of its development – Dutch farm (Van Wyck House, 1735), country estate (Douglas Mansion, 1819) and a planned garden suburb. Architecturally, there are more Gustav Stickley houses than in any other neighborhood in New York City and eight houses by Josephine Wright Chapman. At the turn of the century, Chapman was one of a few practicing female architects of her time. In addition, the area hosts a variety of homes designed by well-known architects of the time such as McKim Mead & White, Diego de Suarez, Frank Foster, James Sarsfield Kennedy, Buchman & Fox and Aubrey Grantham.
Some fun facts about Douglas Manor:
The area has always had a thriving arts, movie, and theater colony. Some famous residents included Ginger Rogers, Hedda Hopper, Annette Kellerman, and a host of other silent film and theater stars. Artists included George Grosz, Elbert McGran Jackson, set designer Irwin Piscatur, and pianist Claudio Arrau.
The lush, green streets of the Manor contains the largest collection of imported trees in New York City, many brought by Samuel Parsons of the Parsons Nursery. The Douglas estate played a major role in the experimentation with exotic plants on Long Island.
Interestingly, Douglas Manor has the oldest tree on Long Island and in New York City, the 600 year old white oak on Arleigh Road.
Douglaston, in general, is still a popular community for those who want the proximity to the Manhattan but a somewhat suburban setting.
Douglaston is part of School District 26, which is one of the highest performing districts in all of NYC public schools. Specifically, Douglaston’s two public elementary schools are P.S. 98 The Douglaston School and P.S. 221 North Hills School, which both offer classes from kindergarten through 5th grade. These schools feed into Louis Pasteur Middle School, which hosts children in grades 6 through 8. After middle school, Douglaston’s public school students are zoned for Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, in neighboringBayside. St. Anastasia School is a private Catholic school, with classes from the pre-school level to 8th grade. PS 811—the Multiple Handicap School of Queens, is devoted to students with physical and mental disabilities. It is an elementary school, for grades 1-6. Before it was designated The Multiple Handicap School of Queens, it was known as PS 187, and served as an elementary school for mainstream children in grades 1-6.
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary was established in 1914 in Brooklyn at 555 Washington Avenue as Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, a six-year minor seminary, with a four-year high school track and a two-year college track. Upon completion of the six-year program, students still discerning a priestly vocation would be assigned to a major seminary. This six-year program was in place until 1967, when Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception was established as a four-year college seminary in Douglaston, New York. The college would continue as a four-year independent academic institution until 1988, when it changed to a college seminary residence and pre-theology program titled Cathedral Seminary Residence of the Immaculate Conception.
Also close by is Queensborough Community College (QCC), which is one of seven community colleges within the City University of New York (CUNY) system. It is located in Bayside, Queens County, New York City, New York and enrolls more than 15,000 students.
Queensborough opened in 1959 as a campus of the State University of New York and in 1965 transferred to CUNY. Its mission is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the work force. The college offers more than 20 associate’s degree programs as well as certificate and continuing education programs. Queensborough is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Many residents of Douglaston are daily commuters to Manhattan.
The Douglaston Long Island Rail Road station, is located at 235th Street and 41st Avenue, off Douglaston Parkway and Wainscott Avenue. Situated on LIRR’s Port Washington Branch, a trip from Douglaston to Penn Station takes 34 minutes on a local train, and approximately 30 minutes by express train.
Douglaston is served by several buses, the main being the Q12, which connects to the subway in Flushing, the Q30, which connects to the subway in Jamaica, the QM5, an express bus which directly to the East Side of Manhattan, theQM8, an express bus directly to Downtown Manhattan, and the QM3, another express bus directly to the East Side of Manhattan.
Three major Long Island highways all pass through Douglaston: the Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, and Cross Island Parkway.
Douglaston boasts a number of independently owned and operated restaurants and shops, many of which are located in the area around the intersection of Douglaston Parkway and Northern Boulevard. This area is home to a distinct cultural presence and traditional New York City style delis and pizzerias.
The Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center is a major hub of the community’s economic activity. It contains a Fairway Market supermarket (which opened in November 2011), Toys ‘R’ Us, Modell’s sporting goods store, Macy’s, Burger King, the pizza restaurant Grimaldi’s, and a MovieWorld theater. In 2008 Grimaldi’s opened a location in the center.
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